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obama has concluded he can no longer defend a federal law defining marriage as only between a man and woman. >> the justice department says it has concluded that that provision of the law, declining to recognize marriages in states where they're permitted, is unconstitutional. >> even you're evolving. >> you're not going to change his mind. >>> good evening. governor scott walker has insisted day after day that his budget repair bill is about saving money and not about union busting. but in a phone conversation with a man he believed to be billionaire david koch, walker let down his guard and said it. >> this is about public-sector unions. you essentially are having taxpayers money being used to pay to lobby for spending more of taxpayers money. it is absolutely ridiculous. it is not just what walker said about unions that has excited the governor's critics, it is his staff's desperate eagerness to put a man he said was koch on with their boss, without feeling any need to check if it actually was mr. koch. that seems to put another check mark in the column of bought and paid for b
suppression. >> according to attorney general eric holder, president obama has concluded he can no longer defend a federal law defining marriage as only between a man and woman. >> the justice department says it has concluded that that provision of the law, declining to recognize marriages in states where they're permitted, is unconstitutional. >> even you're evolving. >> you're not going to change his mind. >>> good evening. governor scott walker has insisted day after day that his budget repair bill is about saving money and not about union busting. but in a phone conversation with a man he believed to be billionaire david koch, walker let down his guard and said it. >> this is about public-sector unions. you essentially are having taxpayers money being used to pay to lobby for spending more of taxpayers money. it is absolutely ridiculous. it is not just what walker said about unions that has excited the governor's critics, it is his staff's desperate eagerness to put a man he said was koch on with their boss, without feeling any need to check if it actually was mr. koch. that seems to
. americans are evacuating. they are threatening sanctions. >> good morning. officials of the obama administration say they are concerned about the safety of hundreds of americans still in libya. some remain stuck, and able to leave. yesterday the president spoke out against violence in libya. the u.s. is considering a full range of options to respond to muammar gadaffi's violent crackdown. protesters say they want progress and change. >> they suffering and bloodshed is outrageous. it is unacceptable. so far threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people of libya. blacks the protests are bowling the due process is our -- >> the protesters are vowing to take hold of everything. hunters are feared dead, ordered murdered by the media -- hundreds are feared dead, ordered murdered by the leader. obama says some of the options we are considering is an no-fly zones and proposals for will companies to halt operations. abc 7 news. >> the turmoil in libya is affecting our economy. oil topped $100 a barrel. gas prices could reach three signify a gallon by the spr
. >>> same-sex stunner. president obama changes his stance on a law blocking gay marriage. >>> investors have something to celebrate, as well. >>> good morning, everybody. thanks for being with us today. there are new signs this morning that libyan leader, moammar gadhafi, is now losing his 40-year hold on power. the opposition has now taken control in the east. and is vowing to liberate the capital, tripoli. >> meanwhile, president obama has new stands to stop killing his own people. hundreds are dead. and there's protesters still in libya. emily schmidt has the details. >> reporter: good morning to you. americans who are trying to escape libya may not be able to do so. today, the sea waters are simply too rough for their ferries. so, they wait, while the world waits, to see what another day of protests brings. protesters in libya are gaining control. but at huge costs. hundreds killed, while moammar gadhafi forces fire on his own people. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous. and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people
in the streets. what should be done with this guy. why did it take so long for president obama to comment on it? right back with that report. >> bill: in the impact segment as you may know the country of libya is in revolt. many believe the brutal dictator is on the ropes. even though hundreds of people have been killed by gaddafi in the streets it took president obama until late today to say something specific, which is an interesting situation to say the least. joining us now from washington fox news strategic analyst lt. colonel ralph peters author of the book the officers club. all right so when the president spoke this afternoon he basically condemned the violence and, you know, the state department has been doing that from day one. and he is sending secretary of state hillary clinton to geneva to, i guess, have discussions. i mean, to me, it's -- i don't know. what are you going to discuss? how bad gaddafi is? so, first of all, why do you think that the president wasn't out day one saying you have got to get rid of this pinhead? >> well, because he really doesn't understand foreign policy
it take so long for president obama to comment on it? right back with that report. >> bill: in the impact segment as you may know the country of libya is in revolt. many believe the brutal dictator is on the ropes. even though hundreds of people have been killed by gaddafi in the streets it took president obama until late today to say something specific, which is an interesting situation to say the least. joining us now from washington fox news strategic analyst lt. colonel ralph peters author of the book the officers club. all right so when the president spoke this afternoon he basically condemned the violence and, you know, the state department has been doing that from day one. and he is sending secretary of state hillary clinton to geneva to, i guess, have discussions. i mean, to me, it's -- i don't know. what are you going to discuss? how bad gaddafi is? so, first of all, why do you think that the president wasn't out day one saying you have got to get rid of this pinhead? >> well, because he really doesn't understand foreign policy. he never took an interest in it. and he is terrible
's our top story tonight. >>> another huge story today, president obama as of today will not defend the constitutionality of the defense of marriage act, doma. his attorney general will not go into the act to enforce the two big provisions, the one keeping provisions of one state affecting another state and the policy, that only a marriage between a man and woman will be recognized until federal law. that's a huge victory for gay rights activists and a big debate tonight on "hardball." >>> the republicans act like they're ready for a fight over government spending. so do democrats. history shows when that's the case, you get a fight. watch this battle of chicken when neither truck wants to swerve. government shutdown on the way. both sides think this is a fight they can win. we'll see who's right? >> plus, john thune says he's sitting out 2012 because, get this, he president obama will be tough to beat. that's what he says. we're going to check in with the "hardball" strategists on that point. watch what happened when someone asked newt gingrich how he squares his personal marital h
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regime, hundreds have violently died. president obama says it must end. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters. >> the key parts of the country slipping out of government control, thousands flee. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast on pbs in america and around the globe. coming up later, hundreds still missing, the search efforts continue following new zealand's powerful earthquakes. >>> the crisis in libya is becoming increasingly volatile. that are reports up to 600 dead and the army being used against its own people. chaos on libya's borders with thousands of fleeing the feared bloodbath. president obama described the violence as outrageous. he said his administration was looking at a full range of options for dealing with the crisis. >> we strongly condemn the use of violence in libya. the american people send our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all who have been killed and injured. the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot pea
abandoned their jobs. >> elections have retribution, consequences. when our country elected obama president, the republicans didn't run out of the country and start complaining. our state turned red in november. if the democrats want to see something different, they needki rally their wagons and come back and get back into power and they can change things. >> our showing support for what their constituents want. collective bargaining and union busting is not a way to solve a budget. >> is it union busting when you say that i don't want to fire a single worker? isn't that being pro-worker? [ talking over each other ] >> our district -- >> we won, you lost when he came in. i'm sorry, we are in the majority right now. i'm a republican. walker is a republican. so is the assembly and senate. the senators need to come back and do their job. mark miller is my senator, sadly he needs to man-up, all of them need to man-up and do their job. they need their paychecks taken from them. they have no reason to be out there. [ applause ] unions as was the first president of the afl-cio. both made a distinc
americans are stuck. it is unlikely they will be libya until tomorrow. president obama is speaking out against violence. the u.s. is looking at a number of options to respond. >> the courts in libya are conflicting. some show peaceful streets and other show brutal crackdown. >> they opened fire on us. we saw that with our own eyes. the government did not hear that we were foreigners. god forgive them for what they did to us. >> nearly 1000 people have died since violence erupted earlier this month. muammar gadaffi is reportedly hiding in tripoli in making grave threat. >> whoever cooperate with foreign countries, the punishment will be execution. >> hundred assistants -- president obama is speaking out against the violence. quite the bloodshed is outrageous and unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot these protesters. >> gadaffi is doweling vengeance on opponents. -- is still vowing to vengeance on opponents. abc 7 news. >>> thank you. hopes of finding more survivors after the powerful earthquake that hit new zealand are fading. the death toll now stands at 98. more than 200 p
in the port in libya. it's unlikely they will leave libya until tomorrow. this comes as president obama is speaking out against the violence. the u.s. is looking at a number of options to respond. reports from libya are conflicting. some images show a peaceful, quiet streets. others show brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters. >> they opened fire on us and we saw the death. the government did not care that we were foreigners. god forgive them for what they did to us. >> roughly 1000 people have died since violence erupted earlier this month. libyan leader muammar gaddafi is making a grave threats. >> tahlequah operates with fallen countries in order to instigated war against libya, their punishment will be execution. -- whoever cooperates with foreign countries in order to investigate war against libya, their punishment will be execution. >> maybe they could ask oil companies to stop operating in that country. oil prices are spiking already because of the unrest. courtney robinson, abc 7 news. >> thank you. >>> the death toll from the tuesday earthquake in new zealand is rising
presidente calderÓn se comunicó con obama para decirle personalmente acerca de esta detenciÓn. obama manifestÓ que tanto mÉxico como estados unidos no podÍan tolerar estos niveles de violencia. >> sin duda Éste y otros temas van a discutir obama y calderÓn frente a frente la prÓxima semana. el jueves tres de marzo se va a reunir ambos presidentes en la casa blanca, en washington, para abordar este punto de discusiÓn, que obviamente se ha visto desmejorada con declaraciones mutuas despuÉs de que el agente fue asesinado, jaime zapata. >> edgar, querÍamos preguntarse, sin duda alguna la noticia de la detenciÓn es un gran titular, pero durante las Últimas horas cables de prensa, informaciÓn que va saliendo, que podrÍas quizÁs tÚ descansar que fuese grandioso en todo el operativo de detenciÓn? >> sin duda destacar que el piolÍn al parecer había sido detenido en el aÑo 2009, con armas largas, uniforme de policÍa, placas del estado de texas y lo dejaron libre. eso explica lo que han acusado varias organizaciones civiles que la guerra contra el narcotrÁfico se ha vuelto
$1.76 per gallon for gasoline. >> and president obama condemned violence in libya, announcing he's studying options to pressure muammar gaddafi to stop attacks against his people. reports say mersen yairys are shooting everyone in sight. this video claims to show fighting. pro testers are not backing down, taking to the streets today and president obama says free speech rights must be protected. >> these actions violate international norms. and every standard of common decency. this violence must stop. muammar gaddafi is vowing to stay in power, there is a mass exodus along libya's borders, thousands crossing into egypt, many call the situation inside of the country a slaughter house. >> and in the astro there is some reason to celebrate there has been a policy reversal on same-sex marriage. and here in california the court fight continues over prop 8, banning same-sex marriage. and opponents are asking those marriages be allowed to resume and mark matthews is here with more. >> they filed a motion today in the courts. looks as if the two are somehow related because opponents of
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obama broke his public silence on the violence calling it, quote, outrageous. he said his highest priority is protecting u.s. citizens as the state department works to liberate them from libya by ferry. >>> protests continue over a proposal to strip public employees in wisconsin of collective bargaining rights and now that divide is deepening after a prank phone call to that state's governor puts a spotlight on potential motives behind the controversy. here's nbc national investigative correspondent michael isakoff. >> reporter: publicly, governor scott walker defended the rights is about saving money. >> we'll balance the budget the right way and not push it off. >> reporter: in a phone call he thought he was having with a major campaign donor, he provided evidence that the real motivation is what they have been saying all along, to crush public unions. >> you essentially are having taxpayers' money being used to to lobby. it's absolutely clous. >> reporter: he believed the caller was koch. he was talking to a left-leaning journalist posing as koch. >> this is our moment. >> repo
. president obama says qaddafi's decision to open fire on his own people is unacceptable. >> this is not simply a concern of the united states. the entire world is watching. >> the president is sending secretary of state hillary clinton to geneva for talks that could lead to sanctions. foreigners are rushing out before things get worse. >> there are thousands going to the airport just to be there and just to sit there waiting for nobody knows for what basically. >> the international federation says hundreds have been killed in the anti-government demonstrations. >>> the death toll stands at 98 following tuesday's devastating earthquake in christchurch. more than 200 others are missing in the aftermath of the 6.3 quake. analysts are now saying reconstruction could cost $12 billion. noel cisneros was escorted behind police lines for a look at the devastation. >> christchurch is known as the garden city. a mixture of the modern ringed with green. now the garden city looks like it has been bombed, looted and pull var rised into rub bish. -- and pulvarized to rub bish. >> not
. >>> next 30 minutes is your cram session for this thursday, february 24th. the obama administration's announcement it will no longer defend the federal law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriage. plus, carmelo anthony makes his debut at the garden. did his performance justify the price of scalpers for tickets? we'll show you the highlights. >>> but first, let's get to the news lye at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. libyan leader moammar gadhafi is reportedly losing his grip on power this morning as anti-government protesters gain control of a growing number of cities. right now the eastern portion of the country is all but broken away with gadhafi holed up in the capital tripoli. in a further sign of the faltering sign, there's report that is two air force pilots parachuted out of the war plane and let it crash rather than follow orders to bomb a city held by the opposition. meanwhile, international momentum is building to punish gadhafi's regime. breaking his silence on the crisis, president obama said his administration is studying a full range of options inclu
to transform not only lives but transform the systems because the systems need to be healing systems. as obama says, we need to start uttering healing words. president obama said that at the tucson memorial. we have to start uttering healing words to one another instead of wounding words. what we are trying to do is create systems -- school systems and juvenile justice system is that he'll instead of juvenile justice systems and school systems that continue to wound our youth. >> can i just say something about the systems of discipline in schools? so that before it even gets to the place where it is an issue, is that those systems definitely need changing. the question that parents need to ask when they have been told that their child has been involved in some misbehavior is to ask what was happening? what were the conditions? what were the circumstances? what were the antecedence that led to this behavior? because if we do not fix those, we will seed the systems you talk about. [applause] it is amazing how many young people can be turned back from negative behavior if the situation is appropr
to the regime and that the white house a short time ago, president obama ended days of personal silence on the libya cry says. the president said hillary clinton would attend an emergency meeting of the united nations human rights council, that the administration is mulling sanctions and other options and he condemned gadhafi's promise that anti-government protesters would be executed. >> the suffering and blood shed is outrageous and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters. and further punish the people of libya. these actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency. this violence must stop. >> more on the president's statement and u.s. options in a moment. and we are tonight closely tracking a ferryboat now up here in tripoli scheduled to take americans to safety in malta, but it is at the peer in will i be qua overnight because of bad weather. let's first though get an up cho look at what many see as the beginning of the end of the gadhafi regime.cho look at what many see as the beginning of the end of the gadhafi regime. be
with the latest developments and more on the u.s. response. >> president obama is speaking with british and french leaders to court may response to the situation in libya. and it brought more bloody clashes to the streets of libya. he returned to state television in a rambling phone call that accused protesters on being on hallucinogenic drugs and blamed osama bin laden. the obama administration had little reaction to his comment. >> officials said there was pressure to end the violence. >> i don't want to specify that one is going to happen and what is not going to happen. >> they plan to act quickly, the swiss government ordering a freeze on his assets. they're pushing for a human rights investigation. the situation demands urgency, it is unclear what he could do next. >> anything is possible given what he has been doing so far and the tactics he has been resorting to. he is becoming increasingly desperate. >> he threatens to blow up libya opposed to oil pipelines. president obama said today that he thinks the situation will stabilise. >> surveillance cameras capture a very scary scene. a man in
.s., president obama broke his public silence on the violence calling it, quote, outrageous and he said his highest priority is protecting u.s. citizens as the state department worked to evacuate them from libya by ferry. those efforts have been delayed by weather. >>> the device in wisconsin over bargaining rights is deepening after a prank phone call that the state's governor put a spotlight on potential motives behind that controversy. here is michael isakoff. >> reporter: publicly, the governor has said the fight against union rights is to balance the budget. in a phone call he thought he was having with a major phone donner, walker provided his critics with evidence that his real motivation has been about crushing public unions. >> this is essentially about having the taxpayer used to pay to lobby with the taxpayer money. it's ridiculous. >> reporter: the caller was believed to be david koch. in fact, he was talking to a left leading journalist posing as koch. >> this is our moment. >> reporter: the governor's plan would force the government to contribute with pension and benefits, sev
. >> comunidad elgt están tranquilos despuñs de escuchar a presidente barack obama apoyar a la comunidad gey. >> buenas noticias para los geys dejara de defender el acta de defensa del matrimonio porque antes no dejaba la unión homosexual. >> las cortñs federales siempre dan dejadencia a las decisiones del gobierno federal , entonces no estará defendiendo esta ley , creo que hace más fácil que cada estado decidad por si mismno si se le va a dar el derecha o no a las parejad el mismo sezo. >> la corte suprema ha penalizado la practica homosexual , como tambiñn en el ejñrcito. >> este cambio no tiene contento a la población , la comunidad gey dice que falta mucho para la defensa de derechos de homosexual s. >> queremos que el presidente diga que no cambiaran la reglas federales , las leyes que dejen legalziar a las parejas homosexual en su estado de inmigración , esperamos que pase , pero aunque no estamos ahí es un paso importante. >> el portavoz de la casa blanca dice que presidente barack obama aún esta pensandolo pero siempre ha pensado que el acta del matrimonio no es necesario
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hundreds of americans bound for malta byzv ferry. and late today, president obama said the u.s. has a full range of options to hold qaddafi accountable. libya is divided with qaddafi loyalists and mercenary troops holding tripoli in the west. his opponents control bengaziand the oil-rich east and vowing to liberate the capital. mandy clark made it into libya today and filed this report. >> reporter: this was the scene in the coastal city of it, ubrok when we arrived at the main square tonight. residents shouted, "welcome to free libya, "and chanted, "down with qaddafi." inside the protesters' tents, young and old men fought for our attention. why are you here? why in the tents? >> we are here for the free. we need the freedom. >> reporter: like protesters across the arab world, they've captured the regime's brutality on cell phones. what am i looking at here? >> qaddafi's troops. they refused to kill people. they refused to kill our libyan brothers and sisters. >> reporter: in a qaddafi stronghold in tripoli, it was a very different scene. his supporters took to the streets in a noisy disp
. good evening. >> the obama administration's decision to shift the legal stance on gay marriage could have huge implications in the future if the courts accept the same view. federal agencies including the irs, would not be able to discriminate against same-sex couples. in maryland, same-sex marriages could be legal by october, but despite all of this day's developments, opponents aren't ready to give up. craig melvin is joining us with the latest. >> reporter: president obama ordered the justice department the stop defending the defense of marriage act, the law that banned same-sex marriage. meanwhile, as you mentioned today in maryland, it became apparent that lawmakers are more than likely going to legalize same-sex marriage as supporters celebrate, opponents say their celebrations could be premature. the defense of marriage act defined marriage as man and woman and denied federal beb fits to married, same-sex couples. president clinton signed the act in 1996. president obama said he ordered the justice department to stop defending it because he believes it is unconstitutional. >>
obama today emerged to call the bloodshed in libya outrageous and unacceptable. >>> and now, martha raddatz tells us more about gadhafi and his riches and his children, who seem to have their father's mercurial and extravagant ways. >> reporter: gadhafi continues the struggle to hold onto power, but it seems his own family has been out of control for decades. the hard partying, hard drinking and lavish spending of this famously fractious family has, according to u.s. dip low malts on wikileaks, provided enough dirt for a libyan soap opera. take eldest son saif, who vowed days ago his family would fight to the last bullet. he reportedly bought this $16 million mansion in london and two years ago, at a party on st. bart's another brother paid mariah carey $1 million to sing a few songs. and then he did it again. brother mutassim, libya's national security adviser, seen here with secretary of state clinton, returned to st. bart's last year and paid more than a million dollars to beyonce. all eight of gadhafi's children are believed to have benefited from billions of dollars of libya's
ruesesert, a journalist questioning obama when he was candidate obama and asked about his relationship with the then reverend wright. >> the title of your book "audacity of hope" you announced you got a sermon of reverend jeremiah wright, head of trinity united church and said nick fairley epitomizes epitomizes -- he said farrakkahn went to libya. and when your political opponents found out about that, your jewish support would dry up quicker than a snowball in hell. what do you do to assure jewish americans whether it's farrakkan support or activities of the reverend jeremiah wright, your pastor, you are consistent with issues regarding israel, not in any way suggesting that farrakkan epitomizes greatness? >> i have some of the strongest support from my hometown of chicago and the presidential campaign >> glenn: he has a lot of jewish support. let me say something. i never understood standing next to this guy. standing next to this guy and i go hmm, that is a problem. if you're barack obama and you are standing next to this guy, you don't question it, that's ridiculous. then if this g
, by the way. >> bret: good evening, i'm bret baier. this is a fox news alert. president obama spoke out about libya an hour ago and called the bloodshed outrageous and unacceptable and said he will look at a full range of options to respond. white house correspondent wendell goler has details. >> reporter: in his first on-camera comment about the libyan crisis since it began, president obama insisted the violence against the people of that country come to an end. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it's unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot protesters and further punish people of libya. >> reporter: the president has been underfire from conservatives, including sarah palin, a potential challenger in 2012 for not commenting earlier in a crisis in a facebook posting palin said, "now is the time to speak out for the long-suffering libyan people." while other countries have been able to evacuate some of their citizens the u.s. has not been able to dock a chartered ferry to tri poe lie until today. and they made it clear that the president is focused on the passengers. >> t
marriage supporters are still about 12 votes shy to assure passage. >>> president obama has order the justice department to stop defending the constitutionality of a federal law which bans recognition of gay marriage. attorney general eric holder says mr. obama has conclude the the 15-year-old defense of marriage act was legally indefensible. >>> we continue to monitor metro this morning focusing on crime. a new report says aggravated assaults, even rapes jumped dramatically in 2010. later this morning, the metro board will hold a safety and security meeting to discuss what improvements can be made. >>> in libya, moammar ghadafi is losing control of more parts country. video shows protesters removing symbols of the city about 130 miles outside of the city. president obama says he is studying a full range of options to pressure the government there. >>> the space shuttle is set to launch later this afternoon on its final mission t has completed more flights and carried more crew members than any other u.s. spacecraft. jamie colby reports. >> reporter: the space shuttle covery spac
, policy priorities, have been completely upset by this development. the obama administration came into office two years ago planning to work on israeli- palestinian peace, planning to engage with iran to try to prevent the emergence of iran as a nuclear power and frankly, it had no interest in what it saw as the failed freedom agenda of george bush. what we now see is that these demands for change in the region for democratic governments in the region have forced a's selves onto obama a agenda. he has chosen wisely to get on the right side of this and to be in favor of the spread of democracy and human rights in the region. i think the administration is playing catch up. they are trying very much to show they were on top of these issues all along and were in favor of these things all along, but to be honest, there was not much attention and much priority given to these issues to what was happening inside arab countries and change that might be coming from inside arab countries. there was not much attention given to that at all. over the last couple of years. the two other issues t
governor walker about president obama fighting unemployment and whether other governors are going to follow his lead. >> straight ahead, he has one condition. wisconsin state assembly minority leader, a democrat says he will vote for the provocative budget bill on one condition. condition. he tells you [ male announcer ] you are a business pro. executor of efficiency. you can spot an amateur from a mile away... while going shoeless and metal-free in seconds. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choo any car in the aisle...and go. you can even take a full-se or above, and still pay the mid-size price. now this...will work. [ ale announcer ] just like you, business pro. just like you. go national. go like a o. >> greta: he said only on one condition. one way wisconsin's assembly minority leader, a democrat says he will vote for the budget repair bill. he went on the record and tells you. pretty wild what is going on here? >> it is historic, monumental. if you would have dreamt it you would wake up and think that would never happen. >> greta: the 14 democrats should the
, rahm emanuel as the black swan. which must make obama feel inadequate. maybe he can be the black and white swan, greg. >> very nice. >> i enjoyed that movie, did you like it? >> i wasn't able to see it. i couldn't look over the seat, don't you know? i hear it was a tore. >> good for you. >>> the unrest is libya is unresty. but one man isn't afraid to weigh in. yes, the glorious, glorious sting, spoken from peru. and he had this to say about libya. >> one of the most useful things about theyent have -- about the event is i think they have looked at our culture as the temple and what has come out of the conflict is just as complex as ours and stereo types have been counter productive, and so we need to treat the arab world in the same way we treat each other. what is happening in libya is about a man holding on to power who has no business holding on to power. i hope it stops soon. >> i wasn't even listening. i was looking and letting his words flow over me like warm, soapy milk. thank you for being sting. ahmadinejad who like sting has strong opinions and is a decent vocalist cond
while loyalists still try to take power over the rebellion in tripoli. president obama spoke out today to come up with a full range of options, including possible sanctions. >> we strongly condemn the use of violence in libya. the american people extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all who have been killed and injured. the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous, and it is unacceptable. >> president nicholas sarcozi wants the union to cut economic ties with libya. they are considering a no fly zone over the country to prevent ghadafi from using war planes to slaughter his own people. >>> to the new zealand earthquake, australia, united states, england, taiwan and japan all helping out. they are feeling the crews are likely to find survivors elsewhere than christchurch. one building could have 150 bodies inside. 238 hurt after the quake. >>> here's a story you don't hear too often, the federal government refusing to defend one of its own laws, but that's exactly what the obama administration is going to start doing. find out why next. but first, all the fighti
for my payment. >> well, david, that happens quite often and president obama called me about 4:30 this morning. it wasn't president obama. it was obama. it was donny down in the lobby trying to get in. got another one. >> william writes never too early to play the mike barnicle drinking game. one shot of tequila for every time he has peetz-er or obama-er. two shots every time he says mika. >> when mika plays the game she has to go to two bottles of aleve as soon as she finishes playing that game. thank you very much. "morning joe" starts right now. >> sooner or later, the media stops finding it interesting. >> not the liberal bastards on msnbc. >> but yeah, who watches that. i went on "morning joe" this morning but i like it just because i like being combative with those guys. you know, they're awful. >> joe's a good guy. he's one of us. >> he's all right. he was fair to me. i had fun. they had schumer over from new york on ripping me and then they had a little clip of a state senator hiding out ripping me. it was almost too easy. >> beautiful, beautiful. you have to love that
house, president obama spoke out against the violence today and spoke up for the libyan people. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous. and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people of libya. these actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency. this violence must stop. the change that is taking place across the region is being driven by the people of the region. this change doesn't represent the work of the united states or any foreign power. it represents the aspirations of people who are seeking a better life. as one libyan said, we just want to be able to live like human beings. we just want to be able to live like human beings. it is the most basic of aspirations. that is driving this change, and throughout this time of transition, the united states will continue to stand up for freedom, stand up for justice, and stand up for the dignity of all people. >> president obama today. but keeping them honest, the u.s. and europe has a lot to answer for in its willingness to turn a blind
with the stepped up pressure on libyan strong man moammar gadhafi. president obama has joined other world leaders in condemning violence in that embattled leader's country. >> secretary of state clinton is being sent to geneva for talks aimed at stopping the bloodshed. alex marquardt has traveled from egypt into libya with this report. >> reporter: report reads hand by hand, down with gadhafi. a large part of this country now firmly in the control of the protesters. we're about 15 minutes inside the libyan border and we've been stopped at several checkpoints where they're asking for our passports. it's civilians doing the asking. there isn't any military or police in sight. those we spoke to say gadhafi failed them. people need everything, this man said. there are no hospitals, no medicine, no jobs, no food. >> he only did one thing. he tried to catch the oil. he just think himself is leader for africa, but is not him. >> reporter: just to the west, signs of a nation on the cusp of all out war. libyan military trying to destroy the protesters. helicopter gunship fires on the people. a fighter jet
brought to you by mancini sleepworld. >>> a major victory for supporters of same-sex marriage. the obama administration announced it will stop defending federal law banning same-sex marriages and could have an impact on the court fight over prop 8 here in california. abc 7 is live tonight with reaction. >> well the word went out today by people with the marriage equality to stage a rally here, a celebration rally on what for many was a surprise announcement by the obama administration. the president ordered his administration to stop defending the constitutionality of the federal law banning recognition of gay marriage. and declaring the 15-year-old defense of marriage act indefensible. the law had defined marriage only between a man and a woman. >> this is is a water shed moment. our president and representative stands with us i think the bottom line you can take is that this is the official position of the obama administration that sexual orientation is a constitutionally protected class and same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. the defense of marriage act, federal equivalent of
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